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Rachel Kopicki, MD

Residency Class of 2019

I grew up in Williamson, NY a small town in upstate NY on the shores of Lake Ontario.  Inspired by my childhood pediatrician and my mother’s compassionate nursing career, I dreamed of becoming a primary care physician from a young age.

After high school, I attended college at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of NY. Knowing I would pursue a career in field of medicine I, of course, majored in European Studies. I spent a semester abroad in Copenhagen studying human health and disease, learning about the Danish healthcare system and experiencing the cultures of Europe.

After graduating from college, I continued my education at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, remaining fairly close to home. During medical school I refined my clinical interests and determined that family medicine, with its combination of continuity and variety, was an ideal fit for me.  Through my clinical experiences, I have developed interests in public health, women’s health, and integrative medicine, which I expect to pursue as my career progresses.

I have been drawn to the Pacific Northwest for several years, but have not had the opportunity until residency to relocate.  While I have enjoyed the Pacific Northwest and wish to return there, I have decided to work in New Zealand for at least a year post residency.

Beyond the bounds of medicine I have a variety of interests: travelling, hiking, running, kayaking, cross-country skiing, gardening, art, yoga, knitting, crafting, learning new things, reading and live music.